November 02, 2018

Brexit: Democratic Union doubles down on Ireland demands

Jack BuckbyRebel Contributor

The Democratic Unionist Party is doubling down in its demands that Ireland isn’t betrayed in a Brexit deal. 

DUP leader Arlene Foster has reiterated her red lines on Brexit with Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab today, and discussed in detail her party’s concerns with the details of the proposal as it stands.

Speaking to the press following the meeting, Foster said:

“Goodness, we have been here on a number of occasions and I hope we are close to a deal that will work for Northern Ireland. That is what we want.”

Foster also explained that she and her party had told Raab that, from constitutional and economic standpoints, it’s essential for Northern Ireland to not have any customs barriers or regulatory barriers.

That of course means Northern Ireland needs the same deal with the EU as the rest of the UK. The problem there, however, is that the backstop solution that keeps the entirety of the UK in the EU would be a betrayal of Brexit.

Foster wants no checks on the Irish sea and wants to maintain a close relationship with the rest of the UK – and the government says it agrees. The problem? Regulatory barriers seem like they’re inevitable at this point. European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union, Michel Barnier, has already said that regulatory checks would be necessary, and the EU isn’t backing down on that. Even the UK government has previously agreed with Brussels on this, with Theresa May accepting regulatory checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In early October, Foster said that Mrs. May couldn’t “in good conscience” recommend any deal on Brexit that put a trade barrier on businesses moving goods from one part of the UK to another – so how the government intends to please the DUP, I don’t know. I’m just glad we can say that we have Arlene Foster on our side. She reminds me a lot of my grandmother. My dear old nan once took down a company that was trading illegally, and made a pig’s ear of a conservatory she paid them thousands for. She didn’t stop until she got her money back and took the company down completely, God bless her. Foster’s the same. She’s a dog with a bone who won’t give up until Ireland gets the deal they deserve, and which doesn’t separate their country from the rest of the UK. She’s a true unionist who won’t back down, and I can’t help but respect her for it.

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commented 2018-11-03 14:45:25 -0400
Mark, Yes I remember the Common Market, I wonder if it was the forerunner of the EU? You know, like a dry run to see if it would work.
commented 2018-11-02 23:12:18 -0400
Keith, there was once a free trade pack within Europe called the common market….. but the Liberals wanted more.. More control…
commented 2018-11-02 20:29:08 -0400
Britain needs to make a deal, they need to take the 40b plus the other 20b they had set aside to give to the EU making a total of 60b, and offer it to Ireland in exchange for them joining England and walking away from the EU. They should also offer Northern Ireland the option of rejoining Ireland, if they wish to. Making a new free trade area.

In addition they should offer any other Country in the EU the option of joining the newly formed Free Trade Area. No fees no memberships just honest free trade.